As far as we know, no creature, human or extraterrestrial, has fallen victim to a black hole and lived to tell the tale — until now.
An Italian man was viewing artist Anish Kapoor’s work in a museum in Porto, Portugal, on Aug. 13 when he accidentally descended into Descent Into Limbo, an art installation that is a pit painted black. According to the Times of London, the 60-year-old unnamed man fell into the 8-foot hole despite caution signs and security set up around the installation and was taken to the hospital.
To be fair, the black hole is rather convincing. The artwork is on view at the Fundação de Serralves in a free-standing 20-foot concrete cube, which helps create the optical illusion. Depending on the angle you are viewing the installation from, it appears as an infinite void or just a black circle painted on the ground.
Unfortunately for this man, he must have had the perspective of the black circle on the ground, and he fell for it like Wile E. Coyote.
According to ArtNet, the man has left the hospital and is recovering from his fall. The exhibit featuring the black hole is set to reopen in a couple of days, with new safety measures to ensure that this type of accident doesn’t happen again.
gonna throw myself into the descent into limbo
— 𝑳𝑬 𝑪𝑶𝑹𝑩𝑼𝑺𝑺𝒀 🌞 (@qr_ce) August 21, 2018
While Kapoor owns the exclusive rights to make art with Vantablack, a material that absorbs 99.9 percent of light and is considered the blackest substance currently known to humanity, he did not use it for Descent Into Limbo, which was made more than two decades ago.
After somebody fell in to Descent into Limbo I am now 100% ok with Kapoor licensing vantablack and look forward to the many injuries to gallery visitors to come.
— Stuart W (@StuTheLimey) August 21, 2018
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